Belgian news in brief, 30 June 2006

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Security cameras in Antwerp, Antwerp City Council decided on Friday to install 50 security cameras in Antwerp North and Borgerhout. Thirty cameras will be in fixed positions, while 20 will be mobile. The city hopes the cameras will reduce crime and street disturbances and increase the chance of arresting offenders. The footage will be watched 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The entire project will cost EUR 1.6 million and will be re-evaluated after 12 months.

Security cameras in Antwerp

Antwerp City Council decided on Friday to install 50 security cameras in Antwerp North and Borgerhout. Thirty cameras will be in fixed positions, while 20 will be mobile. The city hopes the cameras will reduce crime and street disturbances and increase the chance of arresting offenders. The footage will be watched 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The entire project will cost EUR 1.6 million and will be re-evaluated after 12 months.

Arcelor rejects Severstal merger

Arcelor shareholders voted against the firm's proposed merger with Russian steel firm Severstal at a meeting in Luxembourg on Friday. Some 57.94 percent of shareholders rejected the deal. The vote cleared the way for Arcelor's merger with Mittal Steel. Arcelor accepted earlier this week a EUR 25.9 billion merger bid from Mittal.

More controversy over royal photos

Price Laurent has been warned by Finance Minister Didier Reynders and Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt that if he sells photos of his recently-born twin boys he is at risk of losing his state subsidy. "The sale of the photos is unacceptable," Reynders said. Photo agency Isopix — which is distributing the photos on request of Laurent — claims that Laurent has not been paid for the exclusive footage. But commercial broadcaster VTM has reported that Laurent has been paid EUR 15,000 for the photos of Nicolas and Aymeric. It would be unusual for a royal family member to offer photos for sale as they are usually offered for free. Laurent has since reportedly withdrawn permission for the photos to be distributed at all.

Wonder doctor 'extorted' woman

A woman has allegedly been extorted for years by a so-called African 'wonder doctor' in Brussels. The woman felt lonely and asked for help from the wonder doctor to break out of her isolation. She paid more than EUR 600,000 and is now in financial difficulties. The man was arrested after a complaint was lodged.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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